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good morning, america. i'm robin roberts. >> and i'm george stephanopoulos. it's tuesday, july 27th. and breaking overnight, bp's new boss. an american now leads the embattled company, as it announces major, new losses. can bp come back? how will it change? will safety finally come first? an exclusive first interview with the new ceo, bob dudley. new details in the search for kyron. a close friend of the missing boy's stepmom, appears before a grand jury. what does she know? and could it lead to an arrest? and a truly unbelievable survival story. look at this picture of a 17-month-old boy with a hook through his skull. he's here with his family and the doctor who pulled off this medical miracle. and the tents go up for chelsea clinton's wedding. reports it could cost as much as
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$6,000 per guest. our cameras go inside the hotel where v.i.p.s will be staying. you know, robin, talk about top secret. even the guests didn't make their own reservations. they were told, here's the place you're going to go, at the last second. reservations made for them. >> there's so much buzz in that little town. lots of news out of the gulf. day 99 of the oil crisis. bp's beleaguered chief, tony hayward, it's official. he's been removed as ceo. and 55-year-old bob dudley, who grew up in mississippi. he becomes the first american head of the british-based oil giant. bp's profits are way down. what do the numbers mean for folks in the gulf, struggling to get back on their feet? we'll ask the new chief executive. we're going to get into the leak.
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90,000 classified war documents leaked by wikileaks. saying they've addressed the problems raised in the documents. this leak comes at a very tough time for the white house. the public support for the war has been slipping for months. and these documents are going to reinforce those arguing for funding for the war. >> we're going to see what happens then. we begin with the shakeup at bp. tony hayward out. and the former managing director and head of bp's gulf coast restoration organization, bob dudley, is in. how will this affect the company and the gulf? jeffrey kofman, in buras, louisiana, for us this morning. good morning, jeffrey. >> reporter: good morning, to you, robin. big news from bp. that's right. bob dudley will take over of bp on september 1st. $32.2 billion is what bp says it will cost. that helps explain the quarterly
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loss announced today, $17 billion. putting a positive spin on the record losses will be the first challenge for bob dudley and for bp. >> it really has an obligation now, to operate as efficiently and effectively as possible, to keep investors satisfied that it is not going to lose its way. >> reporter: this morning, dudley's boss, chairman carl-henric sewnburg, explained it. >> we have all reasons to believe that we can bring a strong future to this company. >> reporter: bp's first step, selling an estimated $30 billion of assets. then, the p.r. battle. that's your oil. >> i'm gutted. i'm absolutely devastated. >> reporter: outgoing ceo, tony award, is set to receive a year's salary. and a healthy pension worth millions. bp claims it is not a golden
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pair suit. >> he's accumulated his pension over almost 30 years. like any other employee. >> reporter: now, with dudley at the helm, bp, the biggest company in britain, and the fourth-biggest company in the world, has an american running it for the first time. dudley is 54. born in new york. raised here in the gulf, in hattiesburg, mississippi. most recently, he's been running the company's oil spill response. >> i have to give him credit. he came down and stuck his hand in the oil. i saw compassion in his eyes. i saw a guy that cared. >> reporter: dudley will eventually relocate to london, where bp has an image problem. today, protesters armed with fences and fake signs, attempted to shut down every bp gas station in the city. the company stressed that it is strong financially. you have to remember here, it is a big, worldwide company. and to give you a sense of just how strong it is, the results today announced include a 34% increase in revenue. $75.8 billion worldwide revenue.
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george? >> thanks, jeffrey. we're going to go straight, now, to the new man in charge, bob dudley from london. mr. dudley, congratulations are in order, i guess. you are taking over a company, whose brand and stock price and balance sheet have been battered. you're facing over 300 lawsuits in the united states. the well hasn't been sealed. and you still have to pay for one of the most massive cleanup jobs in history. with so many issues to deal with, what's at the top of your to-do list? >> well, good morning, george. and this is a difficult day. tony hayward, the ceo, has stepped down. i'll be transitioning with him and taking over on the 1st of october. what's first on my agenda is to make sure we do seal that well. that the effort contains the spill. we clean up the beaches. we restore the gulf. and we'll be doing that for a long time. that is my number one focus, particularly over the next month and a half. i'll be back in the states, working on that full-time. >> you say seal the well.
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will you expected to try the final static kill next week? >> that's right. we're going to case the relief well, to make sure it has full integrity. then, we'll try the top kill, static kill, this coming week. and we can follow that off with the relief well. the well has remained capped now for well more than a week. oil hasn't been flowing into the gulf. my expectation would be that there will be no more oil flowing into the gulf. but we've got to really kill that well to be absolutely certain. >> you mentioned tony hayward. he said bp under your leadership, will be a changed company. and i wonder, what will be the biggest difference when you take charge? you have, after all, worked at bp since 1998. >> well, george, there's going to be two things. bp will be a slightly smaller company. we've announced assets divestments between 20 million and 30 million. it will be smaller. financially, it will grow.
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we're going to learn a lot from this incident and this accident. this is a terrible, tragic accident. we're going to learn a lot. the industry will learn a lot. and there's no question that we will change as a company from those learnings. we're going to emerge from it wiser. i think we're going to emerge from it stronger. we're certainly going to continue to meet our commitments in the gulf. and, george, i hope that down the road here, people will recognize this was an incredible corporate response in the united states, to what has been a terrible tragedy. >> we'll see in the future. yet, looking back, when mr. hayward came in, he promised to focus, like a laser, on safety. yet, bp, according to public records, is responsible for more than 90% of the safety violations in the industry. when you look at this, what went wrong? and what specifically is going to make bp a safety leader in the future? >> george, many of those accident oscared about half a de
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decade ago. when tony hayward did come in, he layed the foundation for a strong focus on safe and reliable operations. and the company has been moving in that direction. it takes some time. this accident has come out of nowhere with us. it's going to clearly continue to change the rate of acceleration that we have on safe and reliable operations. we're going to share our learnings from this. it's no doubt going to change the oil and gas industry, all around the globe as a result of it. >> many in congress want to deny new oil leases to companies with poor safety records. that could put bp out of business in the future, couldn't it? >> well, i think that -- i hope, george, when people in the u.s. see, one, the incredible response, which is a reflection of the values of the company. sometimes, events like this shake you to the core, the foundation. and you have two responses. one is to run away from it and hide. the other is to respond and really change the culture of the
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company. and make sure all of the checks and balances are there, just to make sure this does not happen again. i'm sure other companies will look at what we do, as well. >> finally, sir, you grew up in hattiesburg, mississippi, about 75 miles from the gulf. how do you think that will inform your leadership? and do you think that was a big reason why you were chosen? >> well, bp is a global company. and i've worked around the world in my career. but i do have a special affinity for the gulf coast. i grew up in hattiesburg. and i spent my summers in biloxi and gulfport. it's very personal for me, just as it is for thousands at bp, who live and work around the gulf coast, in the fabric of the gulf coast. one of my commitments, not only now until october, when i take over that role, but the continuing commitment will be there to restore the gulf coast. >> best of luck to you in your new job. thanks for your time this morning. >> thank you, george. george, moving on to the pentagon, launching an
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investigation after one of the biggest leaks in u.s. military history. the white house said the release of the 90,000 pages of classified documents on the war in afghanistan is a threat to national security. our martha raddatz has been digging through those documents. and she joins us, now, from washington. what are pentagon officials doing right now, to learn about the leak and the person or people involved? >> reporter: well, i think the key word there is people. they're not sure this is just one person who leaked these documents. now, right now, private first class bradley manning, an army intelligence analyst, is in jail. is in a military prison. they do believe he leaked some combat camera video last may. and hi do believe he probably had something to do with this. they don't necessarily believe he was working in tandem with someone else. they just can't believe this massive amount of material was leaked by just one person. so, they want to go back to his computer. they want to go back to people who knew him. and they want to look at other computers to see if anyone else
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is involved in this huge leak, robin. >> the volume of what was released is just astounding, among other things. i know that you have spent -- dozens of trips that you have gone to afghanistan and the pakistan region. and you have been pouring over all this material. anything that has surprised you? and anything you think will affect the future of the war? >> reporter: i think a lot surprised me, robin. it's really, just as you say, so much detail. there's so many documents here. and reports. one thing sort of stood out to me, though. a cia counterterrorism expert commented on one of the reports. this is a cia person saying, there is a school in pakistan responsible for 95% of the suicide bombers. in other words, hundreds and hundreds of suicide attackers have come out of this religious school in pakistan. that small detail really did surprise me. >> all right. martha raddatz in washington. thank you so much for your insight. appreciate it this morning. all right. juju chang has the morning's
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other news for us. good morning, juju. >> good morning, robin and george. we turn to the economy. and a major market milestone on wall street. the dow is back in positive territory for the year, after its third-straight triple-digit gain on monday. but will the surge continue? investors will be reacting to data on consumer confidence and home prices. experts fear that prices will drop in many cities next summer. the battle over arizona's new immigration law is coming down to the wire. the governor's asking a judge to throw out the federal government's challenge to the law, saying it's based on speculation. widespread civil disobedience is expected if the law takes effect thursday as planned. in central california, a wildfire that scorched more than 4,000 acres is burning out of control. it erupted monday, along the curran river, forcing dozens to evacuate. and finally, another no-no in baseball. tampa bay's matt garza pitched his team's first-ever no-hitter
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and the fifth in the majors this season. shutting down detroit last night. his reward after the game -- a pie in the face. and that's the news at 7:13. do you guys know, there's only two teams left in baseball? robin? robin? you. >> the mets and the padres. >> there you go. ding, ding, ding. >> what do i get? what do i get? not a pie in the face. what are you laughing about, sam champion? >> i love the -- oh, oh, oh. let's get to the boards. good morning, by the way, everybody. we have one or two things going on this tuesday morning we want you to know about. we'll start with the big storms in the montana area, in the northern plains as of yesterday. these unusual storms in that area, two killed by tornado in that area. there have been strong storms in fargo area. it is moving into minnesota today. and i think green bay, you're a part of that. sioux falls. duluth, ashville, as well.
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and also, we have this high fire damage. more than 50 fires have broken out in the west since saturday. lightning is kicking off the fires in the mountains. heats up in the northeast. we'll talk about that throughout the morning.
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all of america's weather in the next half hour. george? >> okay, sam. thanks. officials in phoenix are apologizing this morning after mixing up the identities of two, young women involved in a horrific car accident. one family planned a funeral, while another held vigil by their daughter's bedside, only to learn days later that someone had made a terrible mistake. andrea canning has the latest from arizona. we also have the first family reaction to that apology. >> reporter: good morning, george. they're just relieved that officials are finally talking about what happened publicly. now, abby guerra, she's the one who survived the crash. she's in this hospital in
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critical condition. she's fighting for her life. she had multiple brain surgeries. but as for taking responsibility for what happened, no one seems to want to do that. >> let me send to the families, our sincere apologies from the department of public safety. >> reporter: hospital and law enforcement officials apologized monday, for the tragic mixup of abby guerra and marlena cantu. guerra survived. cantu did not. the cantus, thinking their daughter was alive. the guerras, planning a funeral. >> everyone in the room now knows that was incorrect. >> reporter: while the cantus are left to mourn their loss, they say they at least have some closure. >> it's comforting to know that she's not offering. >> reporter: but how could such a tragic mistake have happened in the first place? one explanation? hospital officials pointed their severe injuries as a factor. >> sometimes the severity of the
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situation can impact the patient's visual appearance so dramatically, that it is -- they are almost hard to recognize. >> reporter: and the two did look similar. that's marlena on the left. abby on the right. but things didn't add up. marlena was two inches taller than abby. she had her wisdom teeth, and abby didn't. all this could have been discovered by an autopsy. why wasn't one performed until five days after the accident? the officer of the examiner blamed a heavy case load. >> i don't know how in the future you always negate mistakes, as long as humans are in the equation. >> something has to be done. some of this -- i mean, it's got to -- something's got to be corrected. >> reporter: officials admit there's no internal investigation under way. but they say they do want to look at this with fresh eyes. now, as for abby, robin and
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george, her family says they lost her once. they don't want to lose her twice. >> i can't imagine what the family's going through. >> no. andrea, thank you very much. now, there are new clues trickling out about the biggest wedding of the summer. chelsea clinton, set to tie the knot saturday in rhinebeck, new york. a wedding that is reportedly costing more than $3 million. and sharyn alfonsi is right there for us this morning. good morning, sharyn. >> reporter: good morning, robin. well, the v.i.p.s are expected to stay here at this hole tell. it's called the beekman arms inn. it is charming and cozy. it looks like the perfect place to sleep off a big party. the latest clues about this weekend's wedding, tents popping up on the great lawn here at the aster court estate. those tents reported to cost $600,000, complete with glass walls and a.c. the total cost of the extravaganza is reported to be
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between $3 million and $5 million. a t price tag, a full $1 million more than the nuptials of tom cruise and katie holmes. the architecture at aster, more a art. and the wedding planner, brian raff nelly, who did fund-raisers for hillary clinton and planned balls for the obamas. >> it's coming together, as the grand, classic, formal wedding. there's probably a lot of white. probably not a riot of color. >> reporter: the couple is said to be using local vendors. the wedding cake from sneesh scarsdale. and the wine by the winery, clinton. no relation. >> we will probably see that extend to her wedding, as well. >> reporter: as for the attendees, some of the guests are expected to spend the weekend here at the beekman
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arms, the oldest inn in america. a place to sleep off the festivities. and a local newspaper is confirming that the bride's parents will be staying at glenburg. and we actually have learned that chelsea's going to be staying at that house, as well. we're getting more details about the play list. it apparently includes a lot of motown. and a lot of michael jackson. >> you've been doing a lot of work, sharyn. thanks so much. coming up, an astonishing story of survival. you're looking at pictures of a toddler with a metal hook through his head. how did he survive? you'll meet him and his family and the doctor.
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we have dew point at 63. that's comfortable for late july and temperatures still holding at 69 in baltimore. 66 over on the eastern shore m coming out of the 50s. mostly clear skies, a few high clouds will stroll in here. starting to pick up showers on down towards the south. if anything, will spread some clouds our way today, but we should remain dry and a little bump up on the humidity. let's go up to 70 degrees and a little more humidity and a small chance of a late day storm with temperatures reaching into the lower 90s. let's see what is happening on the roads now. >> believe it or not, we don't have any accidents to let you know about. heavy volume causing some minor to significant delays around the beltway. as you look at the west side. it is going to be at a crawl as you approach the interchange, just very heavy this morning. inner loop is looking good.
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as we check our maps, we do have several road hazards. we have a fire that we are working in rose dale at todd's lane. could see some of that fire equipment blocking some lanes there this morning, so that could cause you a slowdown. also in baltimore city, a broken water main, has that closed. you can use chase street to get around that, and in arnold, richy highway, route 2 at moore road. some downed wires continue to block the right lane and shoulder. both northbound and southbound, police say they hope to have that cleared out by 8:30. as we chuck our drive times, going to be on the inner loop. 95 southbound, also a little slow between white marsh boulevard and the beltway. stay with us, because jamie costello has your morning news update coming up after this.
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in the news at 7:27, police
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have two people in custody. steven pitcairn would have been 24 years old today. he was doing research on breast cancer over at hopkins and hoped to enroll in medical school. police say he was walking home from penn station after a trip to new york. with his mother on the phone, he was attacked. a neighbor says he is relieved that the police worked so quickly, but he is shaken by the experience. >> he was trying to -- i told him don't try to talk. i told him to just hang in there and i prayed for him and i told him i was praying for him. >> here are the two people charged with first-degree murder and they have long rap sheets. we'll be on this story all day long. new video and information to show you at the baltimore waterfront. water pipe leak yesterday. at least nine flood restoration vehicles brought in from virginia worked it clean up the water damage. more than 900 people have evacuated this afternoon, after the pipe burst between the 4th
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and 5th floor stairwell. guests had to be put up in other area hotels, so it could reopen as early as tonight. >> you are on your way to westminster. ravens, rookies, will be out there on the college field at 8:45, the first practice is coming up on friday. training camp has begun. all right, we'll see you in a half an hour with another weather and traffic update. have a good morning.
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please put down your cup of coffee and look at this. a 17-month-old boy, with a metal hook penetrating his skull. it was a miracle he survived at all. and he was even running around the hospital, just a day after the accident. there he is. jessiah. he's going to join us. we're going to meet him. there he is with his grandmother and grandfather. and the doctor who helped save his life. we'll talk to them in north carolina. we say good morning, america. it is a good morning. i'm robin roberts. >> that just puts a smile on your face. what an incredible story. we'll get that ahead. also, she is hoping her experience durning ebay into the envy of the financial world, will make her the envy of the political world.
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meg whitman is running for governor of california. she'll talk about her candidacy. first, we're going to turn to the new developments in the investigation of missing 7-year-old kyron horman. a grand jury has convened in portland. and appearing before them monday, a close friend of kyron horman's stepmother. she is the last person believed to have seen kyron before his disappearance in early june. but will the testimony lead to an arrest? mike von fremd has more. >> reporter: dede spicher was subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury. >> were you with her june 4th? >> reporter: with everyone, desperate to know what has happened to 7-year-old kyron, spicher, who has not yet been charged with a crime, has yet to testify. and grand juries have sweeping powers that investigators do not have. >> a grand jury can be empaneled to further and enhance an
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investigation that has been stalled. the grand jurors can issue subpoenas and have documents produced. have people come testify under oath. >> reporter: in another court, husband kaine horman wants to know where his wife reportedly obtained $350,000 to pay for her defense attorney. the husband says, he was shocked she has that kind of money. and claim hess may be entitled to half. the most important question, of course, where is 7-year-old kyron? and later today, law enforcement will hold a rare on-camera news conference, to tell the public where this crucial investigation stands. for "good morning america," mike von fremd, abc news, portland. >> many are anxious for that press conference later today. you know the old saying, a picture is worth 1,000 words. if that is the case, this x-ray is priceless. no words can describe the injury a north carolina boy suffered. you're looking at the x-ray of his head.
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and that metal hook that went two inches into his brain, remarkably, the little boy survived. he's going to join us in a moment with his grandmother and grandfather, and the doctor who was a part of this incredible story. but first, how it all happened. 17-month-old jessiah's action was enjoying an afternoon in his family's backyard. >> just sitting in a chair. just laughing and playing. >> reporter: in a terrifying instant, the peaceful, summer day turned into a nightmare. jessiah knocked a sippy cup off his chair. as he reached for it, tumbled off the porch. >> he was going backwards. >> reporter: the toddler handed head-first on this pressure washer. a hook from the machine lodged two inches from his brain. just a hair from the main blood vessel. a puncture there would have been fatal. >> he was crying. >> the only way to get him off of it, was to take the saw and cut the amount of pipe of the machine. >> reporter: thankfully, jessiah's neighbor, a former
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volunteer firefighter, knew exactly how to do that. >> his head was back up against this bar. and i took and went down by his shoulder blade. and i cut through the bar this way, away from him. >> reporter: jessiah was air-lifted to a hospital, where surgeons worked tirelessly to remove the hook. today, jessiah's once again a bright and bubbly toddler. >> the good lord above was watching over him so he would survive. and it is our pleasure to walk jessiah, along with his legal guardians, his grandparents, joseph and tammy jones. also with us is the surgeon whose skills we are marveling over this morning. dr. anan germanwala, chief of surgery, at children's hospital. good morning to you all. let me start with you, mr. jones. we heard your neighbor say. we all agree. the good lord was watching over your grandson. and we understand he has a new
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nickname. miracle boy. tell us about it. >> well, everyone is calling it a miracle because he came through this. and not only came through it. he's up, alert, and back to his old self, to where he was before the accident. so, with the help of the good lord and doctordr. g, he's a mi. >> i would call him dr. g, too. he's on your grandmother's lap. he's doing fine. we know he wants to get down and run around. but he's just like your grandson always was, sir? >> yes. he is just ready to get out and get home. >> look at that big smile. well, dr. g, things were going well, even before you saw him. jessiah's aunt and uncle are
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nursing assistants, emts. we saw what the neighbor was able to do. that was crucial before you even saw him, wasn't it, dr. g? >> that's absolutely right. in this particular case, so many things had to be done properly. and they all were. his family, at the incident scene. the outside hospital. and certainly, our group here at the university of north carolina. >> let's put up the x-ray once again. when we see this and we just know it was a matter of inches. what was your main challenge when you were presented with this, doctor? >> actually wasn't just one challenge. there was multiple challenges, ms. roberts. in this particular case, a foreign body is impaled into the brain several inches. okay? so, this is involving the vision portions of the brain. not only that. there is the largest vessel of the brain, called the torquela,
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just a hair from this object. this object makes a 90-degree turn. in this case, that also added a challenge. the biggest complexity, is that we have all these challenges in a very young baby boy, whose amount of blood volume to begin with, is not as high as yours or mine. so, a new drops of blood here and there, make a huge difference. >> did you bring the metal rod for us to see? >> yes, i did. >> can we see that? and did you have to use your hands? >> yes. there was not much technical instrumentation in this, ms. roberts. the best way to remove this was actually by using your hand. this is a model, where the skull has been removed. in jessiah's particular case, we made a smaller opening, about the size of a silver dollar. and you can see here, when we lifted the brain up, you can see
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this foreign body, this metallic object, piercing the brain. and then, making a right angle over to the other side of the brain. in faking this out, the largest vessel of the brain is where my finger is located. it required a good deal of patience, of meticulous surgery, to go ahead and remove this. and leaving the child unscathed. >> he's unscathed now. and the prognosis? still very good? >> the prognosis is excellent. i think he is in perfect shape right now. and one thing we have to watch out for, long-term, is to make sure he doesn't develop an infection, since this is a dirty, foreign body. but certainly, he's doing well. and right now, he has no signs of any infection. he's the perfect baby. >> he is. dr. g, thank you very much. mr. jones, did you whisper to your grandson? a gift you're going to give him now? >> yes.
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my wife seems to think he's too small for a four-wheeler. but after going through this ordeal and coming through it, i think he deserves one. so, we're going do look into buying him one. >> i'll let you work that out with the missus. mr. and mrs. jones, dr. g, our thanks to everyone there at north carolina children's hospital. fabulous work. a team effort. thank you all. a blessed day. >> thank you. >> to see jessiah's amazing x-ray image again, go to abcnews.com/gma. sam champion. my goodness, when you see something like that, huh? >> an amazing story, i couldn't look at, robin. >> i saw you turn away. >> got it. let's get to the boards. one or two things going on this morning we want to start with. we'll start with the hailstones that came out of sawyer, north dakota, yesterday. these are big, powerful thunderstorms that were rolling in this area. sure, a lot of lightning. but baseball-sized hail in someone's hands. even as many storms as we've
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chased, the largest hailstones i came across were golf ball-sized. these are very large for that area. did a lot of damage. more storms in the region today, as the line continues to move east. from fargo, to minneapolis, to wisconsin. two to three inches of rain. the heat goes back into the northeast. we're certainly warm again today. but look at this. new york city, 95 on wedne and all that weather was brought to you by office max. robin? >> sam, thank you. next, george will talk to meg whitman. her version of the california dream.
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this morning, we continue our series of interviews of new faces on the political scene, candidates who are sure to have the big impact on the scene. the race for california governor is one of the most closely-watched races this year. we're joined by the republican candidate, former ceo of ebay, meg whitman. thanks for being with us this morning. >> happy to be here. >> our successful tenure at ebay, is your biggest selling point. you made a fortune. but your opponent, jerry brown, said government is a completely different world. he says, you don't know if you haven't been in it. that's like someone who has never dove in a river and says, i know what swimming in a river is like. >> interestingly, he said two or three years ago, experience didn't matter for the job of governor. what i will tell you is the number one issue in california is jobs and the economy. we have a 12.4% unemployment rate. that's 2.3 million californians
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without a job. knowing about what conditions are required for small businesses to grow and thrive. knowing how to balance a budget, bring people together, get things done. i've run a very large organization. i think that knowledge of jobs and the economy, is just what california needs. >> why should the public trust business leaders anymore than politicians these days? you know, you see all of the shenanigans on wall street. and there's just as much distrust of the business world today as there is of politicians. >> i would tell people to look at my ebay experience. what ebay became on the internet was the platform for small business. hundreds of thousands of individuals made most, if not all of their living, selling on ebay. i saw exactly what was required for small businesses to grow and thrive. and if california is going to be led out of this recession, it's going to have to be led out by small business. 90% of businesses in california are small businesses. 80% of californians work for a small business. and really, ebay was the platform for average californians and average americans to build their own
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business and take control of their own destiny. >> jerry brown also says, the heart of your economic platform, he says is tax cuts that are going to benefit you but not do much for the state of california. you see a similar debate now on a national level. the whole debate, whether or not to let the bush tax cuts expire. what's your position on this? >> my number one focus is getting californians back to work. the plan for that, is targeted tax cuts to get employers hiring in california. i'll give you a perfect example. eliminate the factory tax in california. we're one of only three states that taxes manufacturers on the equipment they buy to manufacture in california. if you're running a large manufacturing organization, that's one of the best reasons to go out of state or overseas. we have to streamline organizations. we're strangling businesses of all sizes in california, with layer upon layer upon layer of regulation. we have to stand up and compete for jobs. we haven't had a great economic development team in california for many, many years.
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we have a choice. we can put our head in the sand and say, the weather's great in california. that will be enough to keep businesses here. or we have to compete. we can't let northrup grumman leave california. it's a targeted tax cuts, as well as streamlining economic development. >> do you support extending t t bush tax cuts? >> i do. >> you've spent $94 million on this campaign. how much more will you spend? >> i've designed a campaign to win. we have a great team. we have a great internet site. we're on tv. we're reaching out to different groups in california. latinos, women, 18-year-olds to 29-year-olds. i want everyone to be part of this campaign. around jobs and fixing our k through 12 education system. we have a plan. we're going to execute against this plan. >> you win in november, you're automatically at the top of the republican party. not only in california, but the
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country. ever thought about running for the white house? >> no. i am here to run california. i want to fix california. where goes california, goes the country. california is probably among the sickest states in the country, with the high unemployment rate and infrastructure built for a population half our size. our k through 12 education system, ranked at the bottom of the barrel. and a $20 billion budget deficit over the next 12 months. i'm focused on turning around california. >> meg whitman, thanks for your time this morning. >> thank you. when we come back, imagine looking for the father you never knew. and finding you may have dozens of brothers and sisters. one teen's amazing journey. simple high quality ingredients like wild alaskan salmon, white meat chicken, or seabass and shrimp in a delicate broth, prepared without by-products or fillers.
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now, the forecast certified most accurately weather rate and maryland's most powerful doppler radar. >> good morning, 7:56. what a nice break it was yesterday afternoon and evening. that's all it was, just a break. check out these numbers, the surge of mid to upper 70s on the eastern shore. chestertown to 77 degrees. you hop back into north and west side of the beltway. cooler at 67. ellicott city, still hanging at 68. the temperatures climb back up and the humidity will start to push back up as well. you'll notice the flairup of showers and storms. well, those clouds from the storms may try to move in across the sky today. we'll probably stay dry, but
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you'll notice the climb up on the humidity as we get back to 90. now with the clouds, hanging around 70 overnight and then we are looking for temperatures tomorrow back up into the low 90s and a chance of an afternoon storm as the humidity continues to climb. right now, let's get the latest on traffic with kim brown, who says roll those windows down. >> that's right. enjoy this, a beautiful, beautiful summer day. we have a couple problems around the area. a disabled vehicle, 95 southbound, as you approach the level road is blocking the right lane. here on the beltway, it's going to be slow as well. usual stretch of delays from heartford to york road, who is going to run you an extra 4 minutes. we do have some fire activity remaining on the scene in rosedale. that's going to be polasky highway. some equipment is blocking some of the lanes there. keep that in mind. also a crash reported in north point boulevard, and we still have that broken water main in
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baltimore city. traffic is being detoured this morning on to chase street. stay with us, we are sending you back for more good morning america.
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♪ it's summertime summertime, sum, sum ♪ ♪ summertime, summertime sum, sum, summertime ♪ we do say good morning, america, on this tuesday, morning. we said this before. it's right for the summer. everybody comes and spends a bit of their summer vacation with us here in times square. >> the signs are out in force this morning. >> they are. colorful and big. such a beautiful day for that, too. we have so much coming up in our next hour, including a young man's search for his sperm donor father. along the way, he discovered he may have dozens of siblings he never knew existed. we're going to meet him as we look at the new ethical
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questions that are changing the meaning of family. >> this is becoming a bigger topic. the new movie "the kids are all right." ali and i want to see that this weekend. the premise of that, the father comes back. >> welcome to new york city, when the sirens come out. also, "morning mix" time this morning. we have cybill shepherd here, with cokie roberts. a lot of hot topics over the week. there they are, getting ready. we have the wikileaks scandal. and chelsea clinton. and president obama on "the view" this week. what a good get for barbara walters. >> she's going to come back. >> she's coming back for that. >> a lot to talk about in "the morning mix" this morning. also, we're going to talk about something else. dr. richard besser is here. it's the series we call "how to save a life." there's a list of household, common items that you probably didn't know, if you get ahold of these things, can put you and your children in danger. rich will have that for us. let's get back up to juju chang with the news.
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>> good morning, everyone. it's official. bp's ceo, tony hayward is out. american, robert dudley, will be the new man in charge of the british company. overnight, bp posted a record loss and predicted the gulf oil spill will cost more than $32 billion. in an exclusive interview with george, dudley said his first priority will be restoring the gblgt. gulf coast. >> sometimes events like this, shake you to the core, the foundation. and you have two responses. one is to run away from it and hide. the other is to respond and really change the culture of the company. and make sure all the checks and balances are there, just to make sure this does not happen again. >> dudley grew up in mississippi and has been bp's point man on the cleanup. the pentagon is trying to determine if the soldier accused of leaking thousands of secret war documents acted alone. bradley manning remains held in a military prison in kuwait.
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in response to the documents, the taliban has denied working with pakistan's spy agency. the scandal is not expected to affect congressional funding for the war. under pressure from outraged residents, the city council of bell, california, has vowed to cut salaries by 90%. four council members representing the small, blue collar town, had been making $90,000 each for their part-time service. now, they'll make $8,000. four officials resigned, including the city manager. finally, call it the diva and the diplomat. the queen of soul, aretha franklin, and condoleezza rice, are set to stage the stage tonight. i sat down with both women for a lovely interview we'll feature tomorrow on "gma." and new, a preview of what "world news" is tracking for tonight. here's diane sawyer. hey, diane. >> good morning, juju.
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good morning to everyone at "good morning america." coming up tonight, talk about a story of american heart. you're going to meet a young woman who put her entire life on hold. and ended up leading a lot of other women in a moving race to victory. you have to see this tonight. see you. >> and that's a story we all want to see. that's the news at 8:04. time, now, for the weather. and sam champion. hey, sam. >> how are you? on this tuesday morning, with a crowd with lots of signs. we have to reward -- tell me your name and where you're from. >> jackie, clayton, delaware. >> you're more decorated than anybody before. who did this to you? >> my daughter-in-law, jamie. >> it worked. not only is it a great sign. but we will say happy birthday to her. you must really love her a lot. >> i do. like a daughter. >> you look fabulous. >> thank you. >> one or two things going on this morning we want to talk about. here's a live shot out of atlanta this morning. we think atlanta's one of the areas that's going to fire up
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with strong to severe storms. there's two places in the red zone. if you look at the southeast, that goes all the way to the coast. charleston, you're involved in this. ashville, north carolina, as well. green bay, duluth. the northern storms were very dangerous yesterday. there's no reason to believe they can't deliver two to three inches of rain today. how nice is it in northern california? all the way to the northwest?
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that's nice. you picked out your house and everything? >> no house. just an apartment. >> more weather from times square in the next half hour. robin? >> sam, thank you. one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the summer is "the kids are all right," starring annette bening and julianne moore. it's a story that's playing out in real life all across america. you found out, didn't you, juju? >> honestly, robin, the numbers made my jaw drop. between 35,000 to 65,000 babies of sperm donors are born every year. it's a growing number of these kids that want to not only meet their donor father, but also their half-brothers and sister. but what happens when one has 10, 20 or 100 children? we went with one to find out. ryan kramer is not your ordinary 17-year-old.
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he landed a job at nasa. a real-life rocket scientist. but growing up with an incredible intellect wasn't the only thing that made him a little different. >> i was told that i was donor conceived at a very young age. as i got older, i sort of became more curious about that half of my dna. >> reporter: so, with his mom wendy's approval, ryan set off on a mission to find his donor dad. >> i didn't need a father. what i wanted was just to see a picture with him or have a conversation. >> reporter: you weren't looking for a father. you were looking for answers. >> that's right. >> reporter: his journey began on "gma," back in 2002, when then-12-year-old ryan penned a note to the sperm bank. >> i'll try to keep getting information about my dad. like his phone number or something. love ryan. >> the problem was, there was nowhere to look. there was nobody to help us. that's why we started the dsr. >> reporter: the dsr is the donor sibling registry. a website with 30,000 members,
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which unites donors, their children and siblings. every day, new connections are made. but uniting donor families can be tricky because the federal government provides special little oversight. they don't keep track of the number of children a single sperm donor can have, a fact many men are unaware of when they donate. >> a member comes to the website. he says, i come to your website and i have 22 children. how can this be? the sperm bank promised i would have no more than ten. >> reporter: what's the biggest group of siblings on your site? >> somewhere over 125. >> reporter: all from one sperm done center. >> 1 sperm donor has 70 children under the age of 7. >> reporter: he's in contact with all 70 children? >> he says it's fine now. but ten years from now, when there's 70 teenagers, many of them might feel like ryan. and really just look face-to-face to the guy who they
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share half their dna with. then, it's going to get really complicated. >> the donors really don't receive adequate counseling. and if they knew they were going to be contacted, if they knew that there was going to be probably more than five children or ten children created, many of them might choose not to donate. >> reporter: after years of searching, ryan has finally met his donor father and developed a good, if slightly distant relationship. bonding over similarities like engineering. but what about all those potential siblings? how many siblings do you now know you have? and think you have? >> so far, i've been able to establish contact with six of my siblings. but total, i probably have closer to 20 or 30. >> reporter: christina and natalie are two of ryan's newly-found sisters. they located him on the donor sibling registry. do you remember what that moment was like? laying eyes on him?
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>> he's like a rocket scientist. >> reporter: i know. >> we can't relate. but he's an awesome guy. >> reporter: does it make you think about, you know, sort of how much is genes? and how much is how you're raised? >> definitely. there's parts about our penalties that are very similar. >> reporter: since meeting last year, they meet for holidays and big events. >> the more the merrier. meeting my half-sisters has been such a treat. >> now, the sperm banks we talked to believe their counseling methods are adequate. but ryan said to me, do the math. just one deposit to a sperm bank can be broken down to between 8 and 20 vials. if a donor makes dozens of deposits, the numbers are staggering. only about 40% of moms who give birth to a sperm donor baby report it to the banks.
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>> you say the grandparents do? >> the donors have no liability. but the grandparents are saying, i don't care how this child is conceived. that child is my grandchild. and i want to know him. >> fascinating. thanks so much. coming up next, i'm going to grab a cup of coffee. i don't drink coffee. this is must-see-tv. cybill shepherd and cokie roberts, sound off on this week's newsmakers on george's "morning mix," coming up. [ female announcer ] for dazzling white teeth, give toothpaste the brush off. you need listerine® whitening vibrant white™ rinse. the mouthwash that gets teeth four times whiter
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mmmm. maybe later, then. [ female announcer ] new kellogg's fiber plus cereal®. positively delicious. time, now, for our "morning mix," where we talk about the topics everyone is buzzing about. a lot going on this week. the massive leak of documents about the war in afghanistan. chelsea clinton's big day. here to talk about it all, cokie roberts. our friend, cokie roberts. and actress, singer, cybill shepherd. you're on "drop dead diva." >> how much fun? >> it was great to be mean. i don't want to say i end up with a heart of gold. maybe i do. >> we'll talk about that more in our next half our, as well. let's start with wikipedia. 92,000 documents. this holds back to the pentagon
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papers of vietnam. >> it holds in the sense that it is going to consolidate exception to the war. as you know, george, the president has enough problems right now. and this election has turned into a base election. he needs to get democrats out. and he needs to get democrats excited. this is not going to work for them. >> no. but it seems like no one's xipted about the war in afghanistan right now. >> no one's ever been excited about the war in afghanistan. it looks like the war impossible to win. and also, it's not just president obama, but george w. bush. they've had similar policies, it seems like, through the years. we can't blame just obama with this. >> that's one of the things the white house tried to say in defense, after the documents came out. they say all of the documents show problems that started under president bush. they are trying to fix with their new strategy. >> they might be true. but the fact is, that they show all kinds of problems with our allies in the region. and, you know, there's a good problem here, in terms of that.
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people who are willing to work with the united states are few and far between. and then, if they think that their information is going to show up on the internet, that makes it a lot harder. this has got a whole host of problems connected to it. and as i say, it comes at a time when the president really doesn't need it. you know? after the firing of shirley sherrod from the agriculture department. terrible problems trying to deal with the congress. this is just not -- >> every week starts out with a problem they weren't anticipating. >> the thing that upset me when i read what has come out, is that unit of men that got destroyed that were calling out for held. the messages. do you remember what they're called? it was a particular unit. and they got wiped out. they kept asking for support. and it wasn't coming. >> in that area. >> and supplies were cut off because they were low roads. and the enemy could attack. that broke my heart. i had to stop reading. >> that was when we were pulling
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out of that area. an issue that lot of people want to dump on is chelsea clinton. the details are few and far between. i was struck. i was out at the beach. and someone came up to me and said, they shouldn't have a big wedding at times like this. i was taken aback. why? >> why? >> it's their only child. she, with any luck, will only get married once. and this is her day. why on earth shouldn't they celebrate and have it? >> have a wonderful time. >> my older daughter, clementine, got married. i paid a lot for her wedding. i'm happy i did because it got the whole family together for the last time with everybody alive. i don't see any reason not to celebrate. except for the act i'm not vited. but i didn't expect to be invited. i was never invited to the clinton white house, even though i did fund-raisers for them. >> really? >> never. i was invited by reagan. clementine wanted to see the president. we had to visit reagan. >> you know, i said, i heard earlier on "good morning
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america," that this wedding could cost $3 million. >> that's what ""the washington post" is saying. >> that's hard to get to. >> security is going to cost a lot. >> but, you know, i have 1,500 people at my wedding. but it didn't cost $3 million. i can assure you. in fact, my mother cooked for the whole thing. >> i don't think hillary has time to cook 700 hams. >> she's busy, too. >> what did she cook? >> hams and turkeys. and shrimp creole. >> where are you from? >> new orleans. >> i'm from memphis. >> i know that. >> up the river. >> right. >> your answer to the guest list was just to expand it. >> right. my mother got my father on a bad night. and she basically said, who do you want to have? he said all the democrats in the house. then, we had a few friendly republicans. and some senators. and then, the extended family. then, we got to people we actually liked. we were at 1,500 people.
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>> i never had a big wedding. i just got married in movies. like "chances are." >> you played the bride. >> i modeled bridal gowns. >> that's fun. >> it was horrible. bridal gowns are uncomfortable. hopefully chelsea's is comfortable. >> i'm sure it will be. that sounds like a reality show. that gets us to our last topic. "jersey shore." huge hit. i have not seen it. but the governor of new jersey has seen it. and jake tapper asked him if it was good for his state or bad? >> mtv's "jerry shore," positive for new jersey or negative? >> negative. it takes most of the new yorkers. drops them at the jerry shore. and tries to make america feel like this is new jersey. >> that's from the governor. >> i looked at her picture. she looked like the goddess. i've never seen the show because i don't like to watch humiliation. and i turned down 25 reality
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shows of my own. but how can it be bad for the state? someone from new york? >> first of all, they're probably not from new york. my husband's from new jersey. he always went down to the shore. you went -- everybody from your town went to certain block at a certain place on the beach. you saw the same people you saw during the week. and snooki is not an representative. >> what was your town? he said, i don't know. what do you think it is? that's all we have time for. cybill's going to be back in our next half hour, talking about "drop dead diva." we'll be back. at the end of the day. [ female announcer ] relaxing? for who? for fresh taste without the fuss, try new market creations from lean cuisine. the new garlic chicken is freshly steamed in this revolutionary steam pouch that unlocks the flavors of tender white meat chicken, crisp farm picked veggies and al dente pasta, for a steamed dinner like never before. now that's fresh thinking.
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try special k protein shakes today. good morning, welcome back to baltimore as we are checking out the rosemont elementary. now that summer heat is trying to hang on, a band of clouds coming through and a hint of humidity trying to climb back into the city. temperature at 76 degrees. overall, we are starting to bounce off the bottom. we come up 8 to 10 degrees in many spots. 75 here in baltimore. 73 in easten. you'll notice a 65 spot in york, pa, under mostly clear sky. we had a few clouds flow through. showers light up the radar and the clouds from those storms will try to filter across our skies. more clouds try to come in with
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our 2-degree guaranteed high of 90. we crank up that humidity more to low 90s tomorrow with a chance of some afternoon thunderstorms. let's see what's happening on the roads with kim brown. >> it is going to be slow going and sluggish. 95 southbound from white marsh boulevard down towards the split and heavy as you approach both tunnel toll plazas. as you look at the beltway, it is stop and go here on the northeast corner. these delays run until york road, allow yourself an extra five or six minutes if you have to travel in this direction. we have more incidents to let you know about. on the west side, it's going to be on edgewood street. another accident in east baltimore and east cold spring lane, that water main break it is closed and we are working a fire in rosedale. westbound lanes at todd's lanes, some equipment is blocking the right lane. those delays start at the
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beltway. south of the beltway, dealing with that closure. both northbound and southbound. the right lane shoulder continues to be blocked. we do have some light to moderate delays around the area. nothing too extreme on the harrisburg expressway or on 75 expressway. stay with us, megan pringle has your morning news update right after this. good morning, i'm megan
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pringle. police have two people in custody in connection with the murder of a johns hopkins researcher. he hoped to enroll in medical school. steven spit karen pitcairn was walking home. john wagner and lavelva merritt are charged with first-degree murder. new video this morning of new information from that baltimore marriott waterfront, water main break. the water pipe broke yesterday. overnight, at least nine flood restoration vehicles brought in from virginia worked overnight to clean up all the water damage. more than 900 people had to be evacuated late yesterday afternoon after a pipe burst between the 4th and 5th floor stairwell. guests have been put in other area hotels. the hotel could reopen as early as tonight. a baltimore county woman is recovering after her house caught on fire. the homeowner suffered second
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and third-degree burns. it started around 3:30 yesterday morning at a home in the 3700 block of north point road. a five-year-old is credited with barking loud enough to alert people about the fire. right now, the cause is being investigated, but firefighters believe a broken water heater may have started it all. we are out of time. we are going to send you back to good morning america. we'll see you at 9:00.
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we would love to see you. happy tuesday morning to you. he's george. i'm robin. we have this table full of all kinds of things you wouldn't necessarily know could be dangerous poisons. all kinds of everyday items around the house. this is part of a crucial series rich is going all week long. important information this half hour. and the world fell in love with america ferrera. "ugly betty." remember from "ugly betty" right there? now, she is starring and producing in a film on the big spring. she will be here. >> already winning prizes at film festivals. and cybill shepherd will be back with us. she was on "the morning mix." she's back to talk about "drop dead diva." a lot coming up. first, sam champion with some packages. >> i do. it's time for us to congratulate
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let's get to the boards. one or two things to tell you about. with the high temperatures today -- are you holding on to the bags? is it heavy? are you okay? arms are good? 92 in dallas. 91 in new orleans. and heat and humidity is on in the deep south. even though we're 90 degrees in new york city and boston, this is our pick area today. it is hot. but you have a beautiful day. the humidity is not bad yet. it does creep up later tomorrow. the strong storms in two red zones. keep an eye on those. it is gorgeous on the west coast. almost so nice, i wish i was
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wait. here, i'll help you hold it so you can wave. robin? >> great helpers you have, sam. thanks. this morning, how to save life series, tackles what to do if someone's poisoned. nearly 7,000 people are exposed to poison. 90% of those are household items, like cleaning supplies, medicines, personal grooming products. how do you prevent exposure? and what do you do if someone is poisoned. dr. richard besser is here to tell us about that. the products they should be aware of. >> if you're looking at who gets poisoned, young children, 8 months to 6 years. they're exploring the world with their mouths. they're watching what their parents are doing. what their older relatives are doing. and they want to copy it. just telling them no isn't going to work. let's look at things that are common. medications. they're watching parents take
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those. and they want to take them. something as simple as aspirin. if a child has ten aspirin pills, that can be deadly. you want to make sure those aren't treated differently than other medicines. and pill organizers, a great way for people to understand to take them on the right day. i gave one to a 4-year-old. it took about 15 seconds to open it all up. we had m&ms in there. and boom. >> don't think it's safe. >> in your house may be safe, if relatives come, if they bring those, lock them up in a safe place. >> grooming products, too. >> nail polish. it smells good. they see their mom using it. they can drink it. dangerous. it can burn the throat on the way down. beer is 5% alcohol. mouthwash, 25% alcohol. you leave the lid off, it can be deadly. it smells good. they see parents putting it in their mouths every day.
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>> they want to be their parents. >> houseold products. under the sink. it can be deadly. pine soap for the floor. if it goes in the lungs, that can be extremely deadly. there's instructions on most of the products as to what to do. but you want to make sure they're locked up. >> you want them below the kitchen sink. and that's well, of course. if we have kids, make sure they're away. >> you want to make sure that they're not in the same place that food things are. >> and these are the obvious ones that we know. >> that's right. bleach. this is a -- >> a liquid plumber. >> that's right. >> on the set. >> can't say the name. okay. >> hydrogen peroxide. if you ingest them, very dangerous. >> batteries. >> a battery is safe in its container. but put it in a child's throat or around the stomach, a current can burn a hole in their
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esophagus or stomach. >> you see the little things like that. >> the silica jell packets that say don't eat. >> we know that. >> and the child can't read that. do not eat doesn't help much. if they do eat it, they're not that deadly. they will soak up a lot of fluid. >> how do you know someone's been poisoned? >> a number of signs. you want to look at the child. if there's redness around their mouth. if there's -- you may smell the odor. an odor of sweetness on their breath from having ingested mouthwash or alcohol. they may be drowsy. may be unresponsive. any of those signs, 911 right away. one of the things as a pediatrician, when we had a new parent. one of the first things we would give them is a little bottle of ipecac, to make the child throw up if they had a problem. you don't want to do that.
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>> did you all hear this? how often have we heard? the first thing you should do is stick your finger down the throat. >> don't do it. the ipecac can make them confused and hard to evaluate. if they go to the hospital, the doctor may want to put a tube in their stomach and charcoal to absorb what can come out. call 911 and call the poison center. >> don't induce vomiting. >> that's a big change. >> huge. what is this here? >> you can get cabinet locks. doorknob locks to put thing into a place where a child can't get to it. important to prevent poisoning, than to treat it. >> vital information, rich. and to find out the five important lessons to teach your kids, get a full list of poison control resources. it's at abcnews.com/gma.
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she won an emmy and a golden globe for making us laugh as "ugly betty." now, america ferrera is drawing praise from artists and critics alike in "the dry land." he comes home after iraq. it's a powerful story. it's won an award at the
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edinburgh film festival. >> hi. >> great to see you here. this is a big project for you. you're executive producer for the film. and to prepare for the role, you met wives of soldiers coming back from afghanistan. >> one of the things i did for sarah, is to speak to women whose husbands come home with ptsd. some were diagnosed with ptsd. and some were never diagnosed. and i heard stories of the successful case to more tragic cases. and that was really -- i think i was saying earlier, was that the film started out, i just thought it was an important topic. i thought it was going to be very important for my generation to start talking about this issue and dealing with it. and -- as i got closer to the project and interviewed these women and met soldiers and met their families. we just came back from a uso tour in iraq.
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and we screened the film on ft. carson for hundreds of soldiers and their spouses, and the more engrained and familiar i become with military families living in this country, the more personal it becomes. and it's just been really an eye-opening and educational experience. >> what's the most important thing you learned from the families? >> well, you know, i think that what i learned is they sacrifice, too. there's a lot that spouses take on when a spouse goes away. there's a lot of attention given to the soldier, as rightfully so. but i think that we need to build an infrastructure to support families and spouses and children and parents, who take on so much when someone goes away. >> and you bring the tension and the stresses home. you brought a clip. tell us about what's happening. >> yes. this clip is -- this is the
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morning after the first time that james, the soldier, shows a sign of kind of not being himself. and they sort of woke up in the middle of the night the night before with him sort of choking her. but not being conscious of it. and this is the morning after that. and she tries to approach him and talk about it. and this is how he responds. >> you should come inside. the girls are dying to see you. >> i got to get going. maybe another day. >> okay. james. i understand what happened last night. you know, if you ever want to talk about anything -- >> i'm fine. i don't want to talk about it. >> and that is so often the problem. they don't want to talk about
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it. i know you've shown this to many military families. you spoke to general george casey in washington. what's the reaction been like? >> the reaction from the military community and their families has been really overwhelmingly positive. and it has sparked conversations that it's been so powerful. and often just brings up, you know, a place for them to talk about their experience, which is so, you know, often not spoken about. and just for them to watch something that makes them feel like somebody took the time to understand it. and it's funny because people -- you know, when we show the film to a military community, they sort of nod and shake their head and say, yep. well, you know, it's sort of -- this is not the most tragic way that this could happen. this is actually scratching the surface of this issue. and then, when we show it to nonmilitary communities, they kind of see it as a more dramatic case. so, there's a little bit of a
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disconnect between what the reality is and what we, as civilians, are aware of what a military family and return soldiers go through. >> i have to congratulate you. you are engaged to the writer and director. >> well, we've been together long before the film. yes. it wasn't -- it wasn't an on-set relationship. >> but you stayed together. that's the true test. that's a very good sign. >> yeah. that was a -- hard but good. >> congratulations on everything. >> thank you. >> "the dry land" opens in theaters on july 30th. you can find out more about it at hi. i'm jim perdue. in case of everyday emergencies... guys, go get changed! ...or soccer practice, it's important to be prepared for dinner. that's why i've prepared my perdue perfect portions fresh chicken breasts. they're individually wrapped, so you can cook what you need and store what you don't. we're not playing helicopter now. ready when you are, they're trimmed of fat
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lifetime hit, "drop dead diva." and all things going on in her busy life. i'm glad i get a chance to chit-chat a little bit. you're the queen of mean. >> that's correct. that's the name of the episode. i play a fashion designer. somehow playing mean just comes naturally to me. >> you know, there's something that's so likable about you. even though you had the -- in you. we all love. but that way that southern charm. >> yeah. the iron butterflies, you know. me from memphis. you from mississippi. >> that's right. >> that makes it interesting. you're kind of a nice feeling about a person. and they play somebody really mean, it gives it a little dimension and makes it interesting. it may be funny. >> do you want to see a clip? from the show? yeah, you do. you're high-profile. you're an editor. >> i'm a fashion designer. >> and your assistant has written a book about you. and you don't like it at all. >> that's right. >> here it is.
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"drop dead diva." >> so, you feel that the book is unflattering. >> she makes me out to be mean and abusive. it's pure fiction. >> legally, we have to wait until the book is released. but then, we can sue for libel. >> i want you to stop the book before it's published. >> that's not how it works. the freedom of speech is the foundation of our country. >> stop. if you can't help me, i'll ask the waiter to put your food in a doggy bag. >> when you said it, queen of mean. let me say this because your book -- we were talking in the commercial break. "cybill disobedience." >> that's the greatest name for a book. >> thank you. >> when your character says, i don't want this book written, was it a flashback for you? >> yes. many times in the writing of "cybill disobedience," i found myself -- it was sheer torture. i didn't know why i was doing
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it. i felt that if i wasn't willing to say something, that no one would dare say, it wouldn't be worth writing. i was honest and up front. it was a prospect of discovery for me. >> you need to pick it up. >> it's on amazon. >> you do not hold back at all. it was wonderful to see you back. on so many projects. like this one, "drop dead diva." and you said you're inspired, like a lot of us are, by betty white. you see her on "saturday night live." she's on a tv series, too. what is it about betty? >> i want to be on her tv series. they need another blonde. >> is this you putting out your resume saying -- >> yes. i am saying i want to be on it. it's such a great show. and i love her. she is one of my mentors. i would love to have a career anywhere close to betty white. she's made me laugh. she moved me. there's something so special about her. it's thrilling to see her on a show. >> it's wonderful to see as women mature, there's still
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places for us in television. there's series. and we're seeing more and more of that happen. do you think that's the case? >> i hope so. and i want to have that part like betty white has when i get to be her age. there's some years between. >> you're having -- >> i'm having a fabulous time right now. last weekend, i was on "the client list," a lifetime, movie, playing jennifer love hewitt's mom. i had a fabulous time with her. she is devine. >> i hear that you have been asked to be on "dancing with the stars." we know you have the dance background. see? [ cheers and applause ] totally unprompted, the response from the crowd. >> i was taught to dance, standing on my father's wing tip shoes. he would move me to swing music and the fox trot and all that. i have to tell you, that's hard. "dancing with the stars." i'm afraid i'm going to fall down and break something. >> come on. >> i don't know. it's really -- people like misty may, one of the great athletes
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it's 76 here in ellicott city. we are looking across the area with temperatures now pushing their way close to 80 in some spots. 79 westminster. 76 in pilotsville. stevensville around the bay. overall, clear skies will filter in clouds. basically because of high humidity and a lot of showers, a lot of instability here in central and southern virginia. we may get clouds offshooting from the tops of the storms. otherwise, we remain dry. overnight, we'll slip back to 70. and our extended outlook, we'll be pushing low 90s the next couple of days. better chance of storms on thursday and after that high of 92, we drop into the 80s friday and through the weekend. 8:57. a final check of the roads, here is kim. >> southbound 83 at warren road has been cleared. traffic is going to be heavy
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